Multi-purpose workbench

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Project by DanTheLumberJockMan posted 09-05-2008 05:33 AM 26575 views 143 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s finally done. I’ve been working on this bench for months now. It took a long time because it really does perform many different functions in the shop.


A Workbench (duh)
A downdraft table
An air filter
An outfeed table
A finishing table (due to the roll of paper on the end :)
Storage for saw blades, biscuits, etc.
It has a vise for clamping as well as dog holes and Kreg clamps (the blue things in the corners)
It provides electricity to the table saw, the router table, and anything else I care to plug in to it.

I looked at a lot of benches and took all the best ideas I saw and made one bench that does it all. It’s very heavy, but it has two wheels so you can lift up one end and roll it (slowly).

You can see in the second picture that there is a squirrel-cage fan in the bottom that sucks air through the downdraft holes. The air is filtered by the two filters you see in the middle (the sloping shelves are off in this photo). One filter catches the large stuff, the other is a more expensive filter that can clean up the air down to a couple of microns. The table actually acts like an air filter when it’s running.

It’s just made out of birch ply pocket screwed together, but the top is 1 3/4” maple and the drawer fronts are maple. The whole thing is coated with wipe-on polyurethane.

-- Dan, San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 09-05-2008 06:00 AM

SWWEEEEETTTT!!! What an awesome idea…. very creative. Great post!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 09-05-2008 06:25 AM

Great Idea, Beautiful Work!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#3 posted 09-05-2008 07:11 AM

Very very nice, I love it. You have a lot of fun with this table! Thanks for the post.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#4 posted 09-05-2008 07:20 AM

Great looking unit. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 09-05-2008 08:02 AM

If theres a record for most dog holes, you win!

That looks like a tremendously useful piece of shop equipment.

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#6 posted 09-05-2008 08:37 AM

Favorited for closer study…

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 09-05-2008 09:20 AM

Very very nice combi workbench indeed.
A kind of workbench where you can maximize space usage.
The multiple drawers sitting at the corner of the shop is great too. Post some pics when you have time.

Thanks fro the post.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 09-05-2008 12:04 PM


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#9 posted 09-05-2008 02:57 PM

Nice work. That should prove to be very useful.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 09-05-2008 03:22 PM

Great Job. That thing is REALLY nice!
I bet you get a LOT of use out of that!

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#11 posted 09-05-2008 04:32 PM

What a great looking bench. I just finished a router table and next on my list was a mobil bench. I think I’ll be doing some copying. Do you have plans or did you “wing it” as you went? I think this deserves a full how-to writeup.


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#12 posted 09-05-2008 04:43 PM

Wow … this project would answer a lot of needs in my shop.

Your design looks to be well executed, and gives me some ideas to work with. Thanks!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 09-05-2008 05:20 PM

Great looking bench. I want one too.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#14 posted 09-05-2008 08:23 PM

Excellent! Very good project and very well thought out! You should blog this for the others so they can build their own.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#15 posted 09-05-2008 08:43 PM

Great concept for a bench and an excellent execution. Definitely a favourite.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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